Every time I put it on, the rain is pissing down.
Year: 2019 Director: Richard Lowenstein
I was never much of a fan of INXS. When they were on the way up I was into different stuff, Hutchence was just a bit to Jaggerish and sexy for a pub rocking/prog fan and I’ll say it – they were from Sydney. Come back to Australia and they’re huge, doing Live Aid, Wembley, etc and I’m still not convinced. A band that formed in school always struck me as a bit funk lite, soul-lite, rock lite. But that Hutchence guy, he did Max Q with Ollie Olsen, acted in Dogs In Space directed by Richard Lowenstein also and there was no denying it. He was a ROCK STAR.
I moved to Sydney and was living there when he died. In fact, he died at the Ritz Carlton in Double Bay, not that far away from where I lived and his last meal (supper) was at an Indian restaurant in Edgecliffe up the road from me. The shock and grieving in their home town were palpable. Kylie flew back, Nick Cave performed at the funeral. I saw him the next night, he and Warren Ellis, I think, and he was totally morose. It was » Continue Reading.
Out buying some new kit today. @fentonsteve I went for ARCAM
Anyhow a consideration in the purchase was convenience of accessing spotify which Mrs Wells quite likes.
The sales guy endorsed Tidal as an alternative . Much higher fidelity for “a bit more money”.
Much as I like spotify, listener fatigue kicks in pretty quickly so I’m wondering whether people have used Tidal.
So Gove took coke and more than a few lines. Well, it is 2019 and good on him for not denying it.
But this Boris Johnson! He’s a self-serving tosser. Promoted Brexit then ran away soon as he had any responsibility.
From down here it seems blindingly obvious that he is a joke.
Am I missing something?
Well, former mate, for sure, after this gets released. A book about me and Bob and him just being one of the guys. Hard to imagine really.
Sounds a bit sanitised. If they’ve been estranged for 10 years he might as well spill his guts and be done with it.
e of music that educated us and broadened our horizons. In the airwave wasteland that preceded FM one show one a Monday night was that source of many Australians around 60 and older. Broadcast from 1971 on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, ensuring it had national reach, Room to Move was an eclectic programme that never failed to delight and intrigue. Hosted by Chris Winter, his sonorous voice introduced me to Loudon Wainwright, The whole of Ogden’s Nutgong Flake, Heroin off Lou Reed’s Rock’n’Roll Animal, Escalator Over The Hill, Fairport et al. I’d record the shows on a portable tape player and it became the soundtrack to my distracted studies for the next week.
When a youth station Double J was launched Winter went there and we followed. The only catch was it was on a stand by AM transmitter so we in Melbourne only heard it when the atmospherics were right. Invariably the signal would fade off into static as you listened, pen in hand, ready to write down the name of the incredible track you just heard. I’m told reception was often worse in parts of Sydney.
Eventually Chris moved into ABC and up the corporate ladder » Continue Reading.
I used to have ADSL internet but switched to cable. Optus cable. The router is a bit shitty and I’m told I could just use the high-quality TP link modem/ router with the Optus connection. So I’ve got the Optus cable connected to the Optus modem (Netgear actually) I then put an ethernet cable into the WAN port on the TP-link router. But it won’t connect to the internet.
I was told I didn’t need to change any settings just plug it in.
Apologies for the poor description and also if someone replies and I’m asleep down here in Oz.
On the cusp of an expected return of a Labor govt Bob Hawke has died. A great PM , a real consensus leader, always across his brief and as head of an extremely talented Cabinet introduced fundamental and long lasting reforms that dragged Australia out of a long insular existence.
But wait, there’s more.
Came across this today. I don’t create videos for YouTbe so not relevant to me but for others here it might be relevant. Seems this company, Believe Music, makes massive numbers of claim to copyright for music that they have no copyright. YouTube defaults to taking their side and all royalties go to them. Reversing the arrangement sounds Kafkaesque.
Who you say?
Well, one of the best Congolese guitarists ever. Played with Orch Makassy and Somo Somo. Particularly loved his acoustic album.
I am seeing Herbie in trio format next week so I thought I’d have a listen to his latest recording and Spotify offered up Sleeping Giants from 2018. Quite funky, a lot of electric piano, brass sections, a bit of geetar and pretty damn good but I can’t find anything about it.
The only comment on Amazon is from another person seeking info.
Anyone here know anything about it?
Guess you can’t have 300,000 people in one place without toilets, medicals, and security anymore.
What a bummer man.
The Forum, Melbourne
There’s a lot of reasons why I might attend a gig and whether or not I enjoy it.
Let’s start with why go? Love the band Know some stuff but want to explore more A bit meh on record but supposed to be great live Want to stretch your boundaries, explore something new Great venue, always rocks, good sound, comfy seats etc. Superb musicians Partner loves em/ want to impress partner current squeeze
Then there is whether or not you like the gig or not Band on fire/off night Sound great/shit Excellent seats/crap seats, clear line of sight/tall bloke with afro right in front of you Great time with partner, mates, people around you right into it / annoying bunch of bastards Good mood /bad mood: drugs working/ working against you Set balance just right / too long, too short
So the whole thing is a matrix. So how did it all pan out seeing Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul.
So why did I go?
LSATDP were here as a sideshow to the mega Byron Bay Blues Festival held in Northern NSW. I don’t go anymore preferring to see a few » Continue Reading.
I’m a big fan of the Purple Rain hitmaker but as for this imminent release. I can’t say I have no expectations because I do – I expect it will be crap.
Meeniyan Hall, country Victoria, Australia
Lukas Nelson arrived onstage jetlagged or stoned or both wearing Tom Petty’s top hat, literally and left the stage 2 and half hours later having given us a fantastic show of Americana, classic country and classic rock plus even a bit of James Brown soul with the moves and the screams to boot.
A 5 piece band with Lukas the star attraction and a star he is. Mrs. Wells reckons the marriage is over and she’ll be heading over to Austin to stalk Lukas. Great voice, can sing anything. Yes, he sounds like Willie, especially on the high notes but he ain’t no copy. Pretty fine guitarist too. Some lovely solos on his Les Paul Junior. Sort of a cross between the sweetness of Dickey Betts and the angularity of his Dad. No slouch on acoustic either.
My mate, a serious music fan said that was an excellent show for quite a poor songwriter. That set me back as he went on to say, “mainly the lyrics are the weak point”. And I guess if you compare him to the old man; how old was he when he wrote Crazy; » Continue Reading.
If you are like me, your turntable dust cover has lost its pristine transparency with the scuffs and scrapes of record covers, cleaning tools, CD covers etc being dumped on it.
What to do?
New factory supplied items are pricey and afrermarket for your turntable could be a challenge.
So, an idea.
Recently my stepdaughter’s headlights were quite dull due in deterioration in the plastic covers so that they were more frosted than transparent. Auto stores carry a little kit of fine and then finer paste that you rub onto the plastic so it takes that initial layer leaving the pristine underlayer exposed. Toothpaste is an alternative, also for getting paint scrapes off your car, but I digress.
So why not apply the same process to the turntable cover. Does this sound plausible? Has anyone tried it?
Such a shame he got kicked out of the Allamns due to his drinking and resultant behavioral issues.
Just came across this You Tube recording posted by a guy in an Allmans Tribute Band called Skydog. He argues cogently that Dickey was at least equal and this solo is Dickey’s best ever.
Air guitarists, plug in your ether amps.
Train departing and returning Queenscliff Victoria, Australia
The Blues Train has been operating since 1994 but this was our first experience. It is a great initiative for the musicians who get regular gigs and the local community as most people stay in the area. Locals don’t seem to mind as you get plenty of waves from the houses along the line.
There are four carriages and you get nominated a sequence when you book. Each “set” goes for about 40 minutes then you stop at a station, take a pee fuel up on more booze and decamp to another carriage for another artist. Our trip started with a band doing electric Chicago blues. Pretty good without being outstanding. Then a funky dance carriage where the seats went along the carriage ( Church pews, as it happens) for a bit of dancing. Probably better if that was the last carriage when everyone was fully charged but that is the luck of the draw. Some nice John Lee Hooker style solo blues followed and the night ended with a guy on amplified acoustic. The train was sold out(it was a long weekend) but most trains are booked out, » Continue Reading.
Due for release March 29, I heard Dublin Blues on the radio today and it sounded excellent. I wasn’t paying attention and didn’t notice it was a Guy Clark song.
A lot of guest artists. Hope it is better than the underwhelming Townes album. I mean how could a devoted friend and fan do such a boring album of songs by one of the greatest Americana songwriters ever?
The “tribute” album reinforces the view that Steve has writer’s block. Or the well has run dry.
The attached article includes links to an interview on NPR and the new song Dublin Blues.
Hamer Hall, Melbourne Arts Centre
Wynton Marsalis is widely recognised as a wonderful trumpet player but he still gets a bad rap. All those high falutin, high end, semi-corporate gigs. Very worthy in his quest to preserve and educate on the great traditions of jazz but just a bit too earnest and a bit too well scrubbed. Then there are all the collaborations with artists from various fields. I dialed him up on YouTube and what comes up – Wynton and Clapton doing Layla. For fuck’s sake!
But I bought a ticket so what’s the thinking? Well his playing, his tone is wonderful. He has brought over the Jazz Lincoln Orchestra and this collaboration with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra should be interesting.
My hopes were raised when a friend of a friend who was in the percussion section of the orchestra was in raptures over the rehearsals. How WM explained what he wanted, the fact that he just sat down chatting “such a lovely humble person”.
Well humble he was I tell ya. About 3 solos the entire night and all from 4 rows back in the JLO where you could only see the top » Continue Reading.
Been meaning to post this for some time.
Mrs. Wells had her 50th last year so I commissioned Peter to do a painting for her. It was an interesting exercise. I sent photos of our house and art over to him. Discussed our preference for non-symmetrical over symmetrical and agreed for the painting to be sent to Australia unframed.
Peter /Pencil has a good idea of what we are are about as we are friends on Facebook plus their is ver blog. At the time Peter was setting about conceiving the painting we were travelling through Spain Portugal and Morocco. This combined with the fact that Mrs. Wells’ daughter lives and works in the red desert part of central Australia informed his choice of colours.
I’m delighted that Mrs Wells was delighted with the work and it has a great position in the house. You see it as you walk down the hall towards the kitchen and it is in the busiest part of the house so it gets plenty of attention. That room has big windows east and west so the heavy use of metallic colours in particular the gold sun change with the light over the » Continue Reading.
Great to see Rifles and Rosary Beads getting well deserved recognition.
I wrote a review of it on the blog a while back which should be easy to track down if interested. With considerable trepidation I sent the review to Mary and she was pleased. Agreed with me that it has her best singing in her career so far.